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Rescue Diver


Scuba divers describe the Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

The Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond.

What You LearnWhat's InvolvedUpcoming ClassesGearCourse Fees

Our Rescue Diver course consists of the following training elements:

  • Independent Study: Complete your choice of SDI or PADI eLearning program
  • Classroom Sessions: Discussion style interaction with an instructor.
  • Open Water Dives: Put it all together and experience your next level of diving.

During your independent study (eLearning) you will learn about:

  • Causes of accidents.
  • Applied physiology.
  • Recompression and therapy chambers.
  • Emergency skills and rescue techniques.
  • Emergency response procedures.

During your classroom sessions we will discuss:

  • Self rescue techniques.
  • Identifying and helping a panicked or distressed diver.
  • Assisting an injured and/or non-responsive diver.
  • Searching for and recovering a missing diver.
  • First aid and oxygen administration.

During your open water dives you will:

  • Practice and implement what you learned during your classroom sessions.
  • Hang out, have fun and see what it is like to be on a dive vacation . . . Even in Kankakee.
  • Go diving! Explore the quarry or ocean.

If you have not done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the Frequently Asked Questions and Our Training Philosophy pages. Below is detailed information on the process of getting started and completing your training.

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We put as much information on here to create as complete a picture as possible of the Rescue Diver certification process. Read through it and if you have any questions, or prefer to talk  to someone about what’s involved, please Contact Us.


  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent).
  • Be trained and current for CPR and First Aid within the previous two years. We offer this training and certification if needed.
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.

Paperwork: Download and Complete

Stop by the Shop

  • Bring your completed paperwork or complete it at the shop with Jeff or Rami.
  • Sign up and pay for the course. Please see the Cost tab for details.
  • Set up your eLearning program (or you can do it at home later). We will send you the code.
  • Go over any other details or questions you may have, and confirm schedule.
  • Purchase or make rental arrangements for gear you need for class.

Classroom Sessions

  • For group classes, please see the Upcoming Classes tab. For a private course, we will create a schedule together that works for you.
  • You will attend one classroom session, about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Rescue Certification Dives

  • Two consecutive days of practicing and performing rescue diving skills, typically done over a single weekend.
  • All certification dives are done with us at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.


3 Spots Remaining as of 08/01/2017
Day Date Start End
Classroom Session Thursday Aug 17 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
OWTD Day 1 Saturday Aug 19 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
OWTD Day 2 Sunday Aug 20 8:00 AM 3:00 PM

Gear you are responsible for providing:

  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) with integrated weight pockets *
  • Regulator system with a submersible pressure gauge *
  • Dive computer *
  • Suitable dry suit system or wet suit *
  • Hood *
  • Gloves *
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins and Boots
  • Compass
  • Student Logbook

* Gear items that may be rented.

Gear included in your course fee:

  • Pocket Mask
  • Tanks and air fills
  • Weights

We offer two types of courses to complete your training: Group and Private

Group Training: SDI eLearning $475

  • A minimum of two students required with a maximum of 4 students for classroom sessions and a maximum of eight students for the certification dives.
  • Classroom and Certification Dive dates are set and may be viewed on the Upcoming Classes tab.

Private Training: SDI eLearning $750:

  • These classes are ideal for:
    • Students who have a tight time frame or complicated schedule.
    • Students who need or want one on one-or-one-on-two training.
    • 13 year olds must do private lessons and no more than two students.
  • Minimum of one student, maximum of four students.
  • Dates may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends.

Included in both Prices:

  • eLearning program
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives (minimum of two days)
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing